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Introduction

Man's inhumanity to man has been written about in poetry and prose for centuries and the line that separates disturbances and tensions from armed conflict can sometimes be blurred.

Here is a range of resources, located in the Mary MacKillop Library, that look at conflict and the effect it has had on generations of people with often devastating consequences.

Cry 'Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war / William Shakespeare (1564-1616)Julius Caesar III:1

The origin of the phrase 'Man's inhumanity to man' - was coined by Robert Burns (1759-1796), and is always used with a sense of regret.  It was used in his poem From Man was made to Mourn: a Dirge, 1785: 

 

'Man sharp the num'rous ills

Inwoven with our frame!

More pointed still we make ourselves

Regret, remorse, and shame!

And Man, whose heav'n-erected face

The smiles of love adorn, -

Man's inhumanity to man

Make countless thousands mourn!